Vinyl Wrap FAQs


What is a wrap?

A vehicle wrap is a process whereby pressure-sensitive vinyl – in almost any color or finish – is applied by hand onto a vehicle’s painted surface. It’s like a big, high quality sticker that can change the color and finish of a vehicle. Wrapping is the newest and most innovative thing to hit the customizing world in years. Wraps can also be installed on boats, wave-runners, trailers, walls, floors, furniture, laptops or just about any surface.  

How much does a wrap cost?

As with almost all custom work, it is hard to say exactly how much your project will cost. It will depend on the size of your vehicle, the vinyl material you choose, the complexity of the job, and more. Get your FREE Pricing Guide, the perfect way to start talking about pricing with your local wrap or dip professional.  

Is a wrap permanent?

A wrap typically last for 5-10 years depending on the material used and conditions in which the car is driven and stored. The vinyl film can be removed completely without leaving any adhesive residue, returning the car to its original color and condition. Avery vinyl is guaranteed for 10 years on horizontal surfaces (roof, hood, trunk) and 2 years on vertical surfaces.  

What colors can I choose?

VInyl can come in almost any conceivable color, finish or texture. Check out our selection of colors and finishes >>here>>.  

Do you cut on my car’s paint?

We know you love your car, and we wouldn’t do anything to hurt it. Our gifted installers employ a special technique called  “BLADEAWAY” to protect  your paint.  We also use a product called Knifeless Tape which allows our installers to make precise edges on the painted surface without the use of a blade. The combination of these techniques allow for the most intricate trimming with no harm to your car.  

How long does it take to wrap my car?

At WrapForm, we prioritize quality over speed. Installation times vary according to the complexity of the project, but for a full color change vinyl wrap, we ask for a minimum of 7 days; liquid wrap jobs may require 5 days. Smaller jobs like chrome deletes, roofs, hoods, etc. typically take one day. Due to the nature of the wrap products, we like to build in 24 hours minimum for the materials to set which allows us to ensure the highest quality when you pick up your vehicle.  

Benefits of a wrap:

Does NOT devalue the resell value of your car like a paint job does.
Vinyl car wraps protect your OEM paint and are 100% removable.
Warranties and/or lease agreements remain valid. Painting can void warranties, increase the cost of insurance, and is not even an option with a lease
Cost for a vinyl vehicle wrap is considerably less than a comparable paint job.
Vinyl car wraps wear as well as, or better than paint – when properly cared for. Think of it like a skin for your laptop or a silicon cover for your phone.  The vinyl can take a beating protecting the vehicle’s paint underneath.
Vinyl and liquid car wraps come in any color, even custom, and can have a matte, semi-gloss, gloss, brushed steel, carbon fiber, metallic flake, matte metallic, chrome and even leather-like finishes.
Expensive, color-matching paint fees are unnecessary for scratches or accident vehicles; just re-wrap the section that needs repair.
It’s difficult to tell it’s not paint. Due to our wrapping technique, it literally looks like it was sprayed on.
Affordably customize parts of your car.  You don’t have to wrap your entire car;  just your hood, roof, mirrors, stripes, etc.
Matte paint jobs can be brittle, chip easily and require very specific care regiments while matte vinyls are more durable and harder to scratch. In the event that repairs are needed, the part that was damaged can be easily replaced, providing a perfect match.
Hides dings or scratches and “freshens” the look of your vehicle.

PlastiDip FAQs 

What is PlastiDip?

PlastiDip is a rubber-based removable coating that can be applied to your vehicle to change the look of the entire car, wheels, trim, or emblems. Similar to a vinyl wrap, applying PlastiDip (or “dipping”) your car  is a great way to change the color of your vehicle without committing to a permanent color change. A quality dip job will last at least 3 years. Touch-up can easily be applied at any time and removal is is as simple as peeling it off. Dipping your car is actually much more affordable than a vinyl wrap or paint job.  

How much does it cost to PlastiDip my car?

As with almost all custom work, it is hard to say exactly how much your project will cost. It will depend on the size of your vehicle, the color & texture you choose, the complexity of the job, and more. Get our FREE Pricing Guide for a general idea of cost.

How long does it take to plasti dip my car?

At WrapForm, we prioritize quality over speed. Installation times vary according to the complexity of the project, but for a full color change plasti dip job, we ask for a minimum of 5 days. Smaller jobs like chrome deletes, roofs, wheels, hoods, etc. typically take one day. We recommend planning to leave your car over night and picking up the next day which allows materials to firm up and ensures the highest quality work on your vehicle.    

How long does PlastiDip last?

If properly applied, Plasti Dip® will last as long as 3 years without having to be retouched.  It is very durable and will not lose it’s bond.  The spray distance when applying as well as the amount of coats applied will heavily determine the longevity of the product.  After 3 years, or during the three years if desired, a new refresher coat can be easily applied.  

Will it hold up to the elements (sun, winter)?

Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including sun exposure, winter ice, cold, salt etc.  A lot of customers actually dip their wheels and cars specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season.  Please keep in mind however that Fluorescent and Blaze products are subject to fading after prolonged UV exposure. This only happens with these two items due to the fluorescent pigments utilized.  

Will it hold up to heat and racing?

Plasti Dip® is heat resistant up to 200 degrees F.  Dipped wheels have a great record holding up to the heat and abuse from racing or rally events.- How does Plasti Dip hold up to gasoline?  Plasti Dip is a solvent based coating and does not hold up to gasoline!  Please be careful when filling your tank or working with gasoline around a dipped surface.  

Does it really peel off when I want it to?

Yes, Plasti Dip® really does peel off.  We always suggest a minimum of 4-5 coats, not only for durability, but to make sure it peels off in large pieces when you are ready.  Check in our videos section and you will see a video showing how it peels off of wheels, etc.  It will peel off even after a long period of time – however after extreme lengths of time (8-12 months), it may dry out a bit and come off in smaller pieces.


Vehicle Maintenance


How do I take care of my dipped or wrapped vehicle?

Hand Car Wash – When it’s time to clean your dipped or wrapped car, we recommend hand washing with quality automotive cleaning products. You can treat your wrap like paint, but AVOID using compounds and swirl/scratch removers. Waterless Car Wash – We also recommend using a product like CroftgateUSA’s WrapCare Waterless Wash for vinyl and Dip Coat for liquid wraps to maintain your car between major washes. We use Aquanil on our client’s vehicles after every wrap to give your vehicle a flawless finish. In addition to cleaning the surface, Aquanil also protects your wrap.   Microfiber Towels are recommended to gently and safely apply cleaners and remove it. This way, chances of causing micro-scratches on the top coat, or interior surfaces are avoided.

We highly recommend using microfiber towels for the application and removal of cleaning products. Rotate your towel frequently to reveal a clean side. Keep an extra microfiber towel lying around for the unexpected shine up!

  • Fold each Microfiber towels in half twice before use – This effectively gives you 8 clean pads to carry out your cleaning operation.
  • Spray the first microfiber towel with Aquanil  waterless car wash to pre-wet, and then lightly spray the surface of the vehicle to be cleaned. Clean only one section of the car at a time.
  • Wipe over the section of the vehicles surface with the micro fiber towel pre-sprayed with Aquanil. Any motion circular or linear will work just fine to apply Aquanil.
  • Once you’ve applied the Aquanil and gently covered the section of the vehicle simply grab a clean microfiber towel and gently buff off leaving a brilliant long lasting luster.
  • Wash Regularly – Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the vehicle wrap may be more difficult to remove during cleaning.Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
  • Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as 3M™ Car Wash Soap 39000, Meguiar’s NXT Generation® Car Wash or Deep Crystal® Car Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth. Note, squeegees should ONLY be used on CLEAN surfaces.
  • Automated Car Washes – Brush-type car washes are not recommended as they can scratch the film, cause edges to lift or chip, and dull the film’s appearance.  Brushless car washes are acceptable.   Pressure Washing – Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
  • Keep water temperature below 80°C (180°F).
  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
  • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular  (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.
  • Important Note! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.
  • Difficult Contaminants – Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the wrap film: Meguiar’s Gold Class™ Bug and Tar Remover or 3M™ Citrus Base Cleaner. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (two parts IPA to 1 part water) or denatured alcohol may also help. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing, dirty or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.   Fuel Spills – Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the dip or vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry as soon as possible.   Film Restoration – The following restoration recommendations will help keep your vehicle wraps looking their best.Avoid automated car washes when possible
  • Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds
  • Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films
  • If there is wax or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner
  • Before using cleaning products, always test and approve in an inconspicuous area